During the fall, when my kids aren’t jumping in puddles outdoors, they love doing crafts and creating artistic masterpieces. At the beginning of fall, I always peruse Pinterest and Instagram in hopes of finding some awesome fall-themed crafts to keep my kids occupied. Here are a few fall crafts I can’t wait to try out with my kids this season.
This fall play dough kit is not only coloured in lovely autumnal reds, browns and oranges, but it smells like fall — caramel apple, pumpkin spice, maple hazelnut. Yum! Jen at Mama Papa Bubba has a slew of play dough kit ideas (plus a ton of amazing DIY play dough recipes), but this fall version has my kids very excited. Get the how-to here.
These lovely candle holders are a great craft to do with older kids and only take a few supplies — a glass candle votive, branches, glue, and gold paint. Not into the gold look? Give your kids free colour-choice reign and let them paint the sticks all sorts of colours and patterns. Or wrap a ribbon around the branches and tie it in a pretty bow. Get the instructions here.
I have wanted to make kinetic sand or moon sand for ages. This taste-safe pumpkin scented moon sand recipe from Parenting Chaos looks like the perfect one to try out. There are only three ingredients and no baby oil or anything yucky like that in the mix, so if your kid happens to stick a bit in their mouth, it won’t be harmful. Throw the moon sand in a bin with cups, cookie cutters and small shovels for a fun afternoon of sensory play. Get the recipe here.
Here’s another great activity for older kids – felting. Felting takes wool roving and molds it into various shapes by poking repeatedly with a felting needle. Since the pumpkins are nice and round, they’ll make a great first felting project and really amp up any fall décor in your house. My 8-year-old is really excited to try this craft out! Get the detailed instructions here.
This is a fun and easy project for pretty much any age. Little hands can paint and decorate the garden gatherings like leaves and a big person can tie it all together. Older kids should be able to complete from start to finish unassisted. Best of all you should have all of these materials in your home, garden or park. Find out how to make them here.
What are your favourite fall crafts to create with your kids?